It is a huge honour to be included.
I’ve never been involved in a multi-sport event like the Commonwealth Youth Games and it will be amazing to be part of Youth Team Scotland. I’ve represented Scotland in age group rugby teams but it will be special being part of a bigger team with all the other athletes from different sports all looking to win for Scotland. I’m really excited and can’t wait for it all to kick off.
I’ve grown up playing the fifteen-a-side game of rugby but Sevens really suits my style of play. I was recently named in the first full-time Scotland Sevens squad which was an absolute privilege. Sevens is a loose game with plenty of running and passing and that really suits my style of play.
From my point of view, the Commonwealth Youth Games is going to be an amazing experience. As a Sevens team, we’ve spoken about our goals for the Games. Obviously we’re going to be coming up against some tough and physical teams but we’ve been training hard for this and to come away with a medal would be a good achievement.
At the moment, I’m training full-time with Glasgow Warriors and spending Wednesday’s through in Edinburgh at Murrayfield with the Sevens squad, where we work on Sevens-specific skills. It may be just under three years to go until Glasgow 2014 but you can already feel the buzz building among the guys. Representing Scotland at Glasgow 2014 really would be the opportunity of a lifetime. It’s my home country, the stadium will be filled with home fans and I really don’t think there can be a better feeling than running out onto a pitch in that atmosphere.
Hopefully we can bring back some silverware from the Isle of Man and then build on that success over the next few years towards Glasgow 2014.